March 2019 - "Cancer Goes to the Beach" by Christina Bach and Carolyn Vachani.

beachChristina Bach and Carolyn Vachani will be co-presenting at our March meeting, Saturday March 8, 2019 from 1:30-3:30 PM. The title of their presentation is "Cancer Goes to the Beach." This presentation will provide important travel tips for those of us with multiple myeloma and for our caregivers.

We will also be acknowledging Mike and Terry MacBride, past PMMNG members, for their many years of service to our group.

Christina Bach is a licensed clinical social worker and certified oncology social worker. She received her Masters degrees in Social Work and Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked for Penn Medicine for nearly 20 years in many different capacities: from an inpatient social worker on the medicine and HIV services, to an inpatient Oncology Social Worker, to an outpatient Oncology Social Worker at the Abramson Cancer Center.  Currently, she is the Associate Director of the Advanced Certificate in Oncology Social Work program and an instructor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. She also is working with OncoLink, the web’s first cancer resource, where she serves as an educational content specialist and psychosocial content editor. Christina is dedicated to education, engagement and empower of cancer patients and their caregivers. Her areas of interest include health insurance and financial distress, cancer survivorship, cancer related distress, medical ethics, and animal assisted therapy. She volunteers regularly with her therapy beagle, Linus. In her spare time, Christina loves to travel, take photos, and knit.

Carolyn Vachani is an oncology advanced practice nurse and the Managing Editor at OncoLink. She has worked in many areas of oncology including BMT, clinical research, radiation therapy and staff development. She serves as the project leader in the development and maintenance of the OncoLife Survivorship Care Plan and has a strong interest in oncology survivorship care. She enjoys discussing just about any cancer topic, as well as gardening, cooking and, of course, her sons.

Advanced Micro Computer Specialists.Inc., PMMNG member Mark Weathers' employer, will provide lunch for us. So come hungry!